We Party Because We Care | Alibi | By Courtney Foster
“When it’s time to party, we will party hard.” As a Burqueño, these words really resonate. The man behind those words, Andrew W.K.—a musician, producer, advice columnist, and most recently a motivational speaker—has been touring the nation to bring his message of peace-through-partying to the United States. He took time out of his mission to chat it up with the Alibi.
Alibi: For those who don’t know, you’ve been labeled the Party Guru and the Philosopher of Partying. Let’s start off by talking about your general party philosophy. What is it?
W.K.: I’m a human being who has struggled to see the glass as half full … [for] as long as I can remember. About 20 years ago, I began focusing on making my life’s work [as] seeing the glass as half full … and to make promoting that belief my sole purpose in life; to make celebrating the belief that life is inherently good the foundation of my faith and all my physical efforts. And that’s the spirit of partying.
That’s very admirable. But sometimes it’s difficult to do that. How do you balance supreme positivity with genuine negative feelings in a way that doesn’t belittle either?
Well, the beautiful thing about positivity is that true positivity … actually contains negativity—meaning that it’s actually not seeing the glass as half full or half empty. The positivity is being able to consider … [just] having a glass to look at. [It’s] a sort of positive transcendental truth that life contains the dark and the light, the good and the bad, the shadow and the illumination and that both those things are dependent on one another and they’re both part of an overall positivity. It’s the truth. And the truth, fortunately, has everything in it, for better or worse, and a lot that we can’t know or even consider … Truth can be overwhelmingly oppressive and terrifying, or it can be this transcendent beauty. … Now that doesn’t mean it’s not painful. It doesn’t mean it’s not challenging. It doesn’t mean that it’s not extremely intense. But there’s this kind of goodness to just having had the chance to come into being that you could begin to rely on as the foundation of all things.
Do you believe in karma?
Well, yeah. I think it’s a way to interpret and potentially understand very confounding, and at the same time, very natural aspects of life. Cause and effect—that’s as easy to believe in and understand as anything. I think karma is some kind of cause and effect on a very large, cosmic scale.